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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei February 18th 2015

From 2012 trip to Hawaii: 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the aloha shirt. Of course, many of you know us by our trademark aloha shirts, since we have spent so much time in the islands and other warm, tropical climes over the years. Some parts of the world call the aloha shirt by another name, "The Hawaiian shirt". Even the debt ridden US Postal Service has a line of stamps that feature photos of aloha shirts. Most aloha shirts are bright and bold, so colorful that it shouts out "visitor" even on the Hawaiian islands. The locals wear the more subdued patterns and colors most of the time. In the old days, guys bought an aloha shirt while on vacation, then stuffed it in the closet for their local Goodwill or Salvation Army (if they ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei July 19th 2013

Aloha! We have had an amazing 10 days in Hawaii, so much to see and do, much more than I had expected! Our adventure started on the big island in a cute wooden cabin up at 1500m in volcano national park, this is the home of the remaining active volcanos on Hawaii. Following a drive up though jagged lava fields we spent our first evening watching sunset from the top of the road at about 10'000 feet up Mauna Loa, a 15,000 ft volcano, overlooking its craters and the pacific ocean with a picnic dinner. After sunset we donned our head torches for a walk through the scrub under the star filled sky to see the glow of bubbling lava from one of the active craters, a pretty amazing start to our Hawaiian adventure! We spent ... read more
Na Pali coast on north of Kauai, about the most beautiful place we've ever seen
The top of Mauna Kea, one of the best places on earth for star gazing so full of observatories

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei April 1st 2013

Kauai North shore, March 2013... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei December 17th 2012

Dec 17th, A trip to Kee Beach again for gazing the sunset. I just went to the beach and was admiring a beautiful sunset on a rainy evening. Noone else was there, which seemed strange to me. Because this was the day when Kalalau trail was closed for more than three weeks. When I got to Haena State Park a police car was standing there and preventing anyone to go on the Kalalau trail. I was allowed to go to the beach for the sunset. Later I found out that they were searching for a man who threw off a japanese tourist down the cliff on the Kalalau trail. She was badly injured, but survived as far as I heard. The suspect was not found during the three weeks on the trail. How evil can people ... read more
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Sunset at Kee Beach
Hawaiian Monk Seal

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei December 16th 2012

One of the most iconic trails for hiking is the Kalalau trail along the Na Pali coast from Kee beach to Kalalau beach. that would be a multiple day hike and you have to get a permit. I only did a daytrip to Hanakapiai beach and back. This stretch of land is amazing!... read more
Kilauea Point
Kilauea Point lighthouse
Moku'ae'ae Island

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei October 30th 2012

Spent our first full day in Hanalei hiking the 8 mile round trip trail to Hanakapi'ai Falls. I very unwisely selected my Columbia sandals for this hike, thinking they would work best for getting across the small rivers. Um - No. You need hiking boots for this trail. And Kevlar. And a helmet. And lots of sunscreen. And a helicopter. It's no stroll through the park. It's a kick-your-butt, bring-your-machete-and-ropes sort of trail with ants, tree roots, lots of rocks, slippery streams and a narrow path that teases you into following the wrong way. After working our way up and down those monsterous crevices of the Napali Coast mountains, we made it to a rocky beach occupied by lots of other hikers and nice feral kitties. It was a beautiful and wild cove, too dangerous to ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei October 23rd 2012

Our day started at 4:30 a.m. with just a few hours of sleep. I had planned on pulling out of the driveway by 6 a.m., but you know how it goes. There are chickens to be let out, a pony who needs more water, a million little things to remember, then forget when you find something else, then stand around like a dork trying to remember why you walked into that room in the first place. We made our escape by 6:20... then Paul remembered that he forgot to turn off the water hose leading to the horse trough, so we made a u-turn. God help us when we're in our 80s. We stopped at my mom's house to drop off our car and use her car to get to the airport. Traffic was crazy. Note ... read more
I think I see Jesus in the clouds
View from Budget rent-a-car

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei February 19th 2012

On paper it was an innocuous, routine inter island flight but somehow I finished up one step away from the amplified snap of the rubber glove and being requested to, "walk this way sir". You can't blame the good ol U.S of goddamned A for being gun shy, particularly in and around airports, but a general warning readers: "don't wear pants with brass buttons on the pockets when attempting to board a plane ANYWHERE in this land". Kauai had better be worth it. Last time around Kauai was worth it, that being 32 years adrift, but I needed to be prudent to bathe in the nostalgia of Memory Lane and not drift down Melancholy Lane. Melancholy Lane? Back in those heady days Kauai was my favourite but the possibility of my version of "a paradise lost" ... read more
Hanalei Valley
Hanalei Bay

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei November 26th 2011

November 2011 - This is actually our second trip to Hawaii. Why I didn’t blog the first trip is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is that we were too busy relaxing and enjoying the islands. Our last Hawaii trip was in May 2009 to Maui and the south shore of Kauai. Needless to say, we are in a very different place in our lives this time around - Landon John Broihier, at eight months old, joins us on his first official Broihier vacation. Secretly, part of our motivation in moving to Santa Monica, CA was to try to get to Hawaii more. That’s how much we liked it the first time around. The flight is definitely more manageable coming from LA (last time we flew from NYC). However, this time we looked ... read more
Our View of the Beach
Hanalei Cafe-Bar-Deli
Landon tries his first pineapple

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei October 9th 2010

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